As yang bends toward yin
honor turns into dishonor.
Be wary of becoming bound up in yourself.
What does it mean that honor turns into dishonor?
The need to maintain honor makes one dependent on praise,
so the wise person avoids honor to begin with.
What does it mean to be wary of becoming bound up in yourself?
You become focused on a limited sense of yourself.
But if you are selfless, what misfortune can occur?
Therefore those whose actions accord with the Tao
can be trusted with the greatest responsibility.
-Lao-tzu- (Tao Te Ching, verse 13, interpretation by Robert Brookes)